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Houlahan, McCauley to vie for Costello's seat in Congress

Candidates ran unopposed in Pa. primary election

The closing of the primary election polls Tuesday night made it official for voters in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, which includes Reading.

Democrat Chrissy Houlahan and Republican Greg McCauley, both from Chester County, ran unopposed in their respective races. They will now face each other in November.

"Now, it is on to the general election, and we'll need more of the same power and passion that we applied to the first challenge," Houlahan said in an email to her supporters Tuesday night.

"Voters will have a clear choice between Greg's leadership and greedy Chrissy Houlahan's record of abusing and exploiting others to line her own pockets," said Chris Martin, regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The winner of the general election will go on to Congress for the first time.

The race was left wide open in late March, when incumbent Ryan Costello dropped his bid for a third term.

Costello was expected to face a tough fight against Houlahan after the state Supreme Court redrew the 6th District to include the heavily Democratic city of Reading. Costello cited the new map as one of the factors in his decision to drop out of the race.

In addition to Reading, the 6th District includes the southern portion of Berks County and Chester County.


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